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James Joseph Sweeley


Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Harold Christensen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Merseburg. A/C B-17F 42-29741 suffered engine failure en route to target, which would not feather, aborted and as a lone A/C endured sustained running battle with Me109's. Having...

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Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Home of the Memphis Belle


  • 42-29741 Corn State Terror

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/2/43; Gt Falls 17/2/43; Salina 5/3/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 15/4/43; transferred 368BS/306BG [BO-V] Thurleigh 17/4/43; 324BS/91BG [DF-F/D/P] Bassingbourn 11/9/43; battle damaged over Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Lt Christensen...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born Tracy, MN 56175, USA 14 July 1921

Son of Joseph V and Rose M [Brady] Sweely.

Lived in Tracy, MN 56175, USA 1942
Enlisted Minnesota, USA 21 September 1942
Based Bassingbourn 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged [honourable] 12 September 1945
Buried Murray County, MN, USA February 2013

Saint Annes Cemetery
Murray County
Minnesota, USA

Died Slayton, MN 56172, USA 13 February 2013


Date Contributor Update
26 April 2017 21:03:23 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations